The 44th Annual Nanticoke Indian Tribe Pow Wow will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, at Hudson Fields, 30045 Eagle Crest Road, Milton. Parking is free.
In the powwow circle, participants celebrate the lives and honorable deeds of those who live as well as those who have passed through. Native Americans learn that by honoring individuals, they encourage the next generation to embrace the limitless possibilities of the world.
This year’s powwow will feature authentic Native crafts, Nanticoke Tribe clothing, jewelry, books and memorabilia that will be available for purchase, as well as Native American food.
One of the dances attendees might witness at this year’s powwow is the jingle dance, also known as the healing dance. The jingle dance originated from the Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes region. The dress itself is said to have originated as a way to heal a healer’s granddaughter. In a dream, the eldest was told to build a dress with fringes and make her granddaughter dance in it – and she was cured.
The colorful robe is covered with rolled up snuffbox lids tied with brightly colored ribbons. The jingles are close enough together to hit each other, creating an almost musical and joyful sound, much like rain. The dancers perform simple zigzag steps – no high steps or fancy footwork – and swing the jingles. Jingles are attached to a soft fabric like taffeta or cotton. Dancers are judged on their footwork and grace.
At the end of each day, when the drummers and dancers have gone to rest and relax with friends, visitors to the Nanticoke Pow Wow will leave with arms full of beautiful crafts, cameras full of beautiful images and head and heart filled. with memories of grace, color, dance, sounds and smiles.
To learn more, call 302-945-3400 or email [email protected]